Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Collins was a member of Glenn Miller's Army Air Force band, and Claude Thornhill's orchestra, he went on to play with Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan and was a member of the famous nonet that appears on Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool.
- Grudens, Richard Chattanooga Choo Choo: The Life and Times of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Celebrity Profiles Publishing, 2004 ISBN 9781575792774
- Kirchner, Bill The Oxford Companion to Jazz Oxford University Press US, 2005 ISBN 978-0-19-518359-7
- "The Birth of the Cool" Archived 2008-09-24 at the Wayback Machine. by Jeff Sultanof (Jazz.com Archived 2015-10-21 at the Wayback Machine.)
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